Welcome to the Discipline of
Social Work is an internationally accepted profession recognized by the United Nations (UN) which hosts a special UN Social Work day every year. Social Work is concerned with improving the quality of life of people and the promotion of peace, human rights, equality, and social justice at local, regional, national, and international levels. Using theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. We offer an integrated programme approved by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for social work students wishing to register with the South African Council for Social Services Professions (SACSSP) as professional social workers. Both undergraduate and postgraduate education are offered with extensive skills and field practice training. This intensive four-year degree prepares students for the world of work as professionals who may pursue master‘s or doctoral studies.
The Discipline of Social Work is located in the College of Humanities, School of Applied Human Sciences on the Howard College campus. The Bachelor of Social Work degree aims to provide a well-grounded, generic, professional education that prepares reflexive graduates who can engage with people from micro- to macro-levels of social work within a dynamic socio-political and economic context. The qualification is designed to equip graduates to engage people in problem-solving, promote social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Social work education and training equip students to work with individuals, groups, organisations, and communities in a range of contexts, such as:
The social work qualification is designed to: